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AAT Business School embarks on its journey towards Higher Education PDF Print E-mail




Launches Higher Diploma in Accounting & Finance



AAT Business School, a strategic business unit operating under the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka, with the mission to be the centre of excellence for Executive development by broadening the career pathway of AAT Students, Passed Finalists, Members and other professionals, is committed towards enhancing competencies and recognition of those seeking individual development.


Having Identified the need to create ways and means to achieve the above mentioned situation, AAT Business School launched on 16th Aug 2016 at Hotel Galadari its newly structured course- the Diploma in Accounting & Finance, and the Higher Diploma in Accounting & Finance (HDAF) to provide a sound theoretical basis in Accounting and Finance with requisite skills and attitudes for participants to progress in their careers in the selected fields mainly in the small and medium sized enterprises.


The Chief guest on the occasion was Professor Sampath Amaratunge , Vice-Chancellor - University of Sri Jayewardenepura. The event was full of glitz and glamour with eminent speakers including the Chief Guest and Mr. Kishu Gomes - CEO/Managing Director, Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, Dr. Arul Sivagananathan -Managing Director, Hayleys Power and Energy and BPO, Mr. Anton Godfrey -Executive Chairman of AGXA Global, AG International and Director of the Colombo Stock Exchange .The session chairman / moderator was Mr. Samitha Perera- Director/CEO-Ceylon Biscuits Limited (Foods) International. The panel discussion was on a timely topic “Challenging Traditional Wisdom”.


The Chief Guest, Professor Sampath Amaratunge , Vice-Chancellor - University of Sri Jayewardenepura, in his address commented that todays need is to develop executives to, demonstrate a sound understanding of advanced concepts and principles of accounting, finance, management, economics and other related social sciences so that they apply that knowledge in the decision making process and Improve the critical thinking ability, communication, negotiation, analytical and problem solving skills in professional and business contexts, display leadership, ability to work in teams, commitment for learning, and adaptability in the professional environment and ultimately develop positive attitudes and responsibility towards work and society.


Target group


The course is designed for school leavers after advanced level and employees who are already engaged in the fields of Accounting and Finance. Direct entry to Higher Diploma is possible to students who have completed the AAT Final level or for those with similar qualifications.


Duration of HDAF is two years with four semesters having 20 modules, and it constitutes a professional qualification and equips students to be more competitive in their respective industries. The followers will acquire sound knowledge and competencies, for strategic application in the fields of Accounting and Finance. Further AAT Business School will arrange bank loan facilities for students who follow this program as a solution to those facing financial constraints. Students will also be able to find suitable employment through the AAT job bank.


Application Procedure


An eligible person who wishes to follow the Diploma, should submit a completed application form that can be downloaded by visiting website or visiting the AAT Business School at the AAT center No. 540, Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Nahimi Mawatha, Narahenpita , Colombo 05. Further details may be obtained by contacting Iresha on 0112559670.


Launches Higher Diploma in Accounting & Finance






Gold Winner PDF Print E-mail



AAT Sri Lanka is the proud winner of the Gold Award for the 3rd consecutive year

(Association & Societies sector)

at the

National Business Excellence Awards 2015

conducted by the National Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka



Ceremonial Induction of the 9th President of AAT Sri Lanka PDF Print E-mail


The Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka (AAT Sri Lanka) inducted Mr. J.M.U.B. Jayasekera as the 9th President of the Association on 13th May 2016 at the Prof. Lakshman R Watawala Auditorium, AAT Centre, Colombo 5 at a ceremony attended by a distinguished audience comprising corporate leaders and elite professionals in Sri Lanka.


Mr. Jayasekera was ceremonially inducted in the presence of the Chief Guest Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development and Guest of Honour Mr. Lasantha Wickramasinghe, President – CA Sri Lanka.


Addressing the gathering, Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka said that, “it is significant to mention that AAT Sri Lanka has been able to manage its own affairs on its own without any financial assistance from the government all these years. This can be considered as shouldering a great social responsibility at national level, on behalf of the Government, considering the economic impact, AAT Sri Lanka has made in accountancy education, and producing Accounting Technicians to the country”


Minister noted the fact, that he is aware that the Governing Council of AAT Sri Lanka has initiated action to have it incorporated by an Act of Parliament and he has pledged support for this more and would continue to help the council to expedite the incorporation.

“Our Government is also planning to avail of the services of competent accounting technicians to the Public Service and Corporations. We also intend to establish an Accountancy Technicians Service in order to get the services of members of AAT Sri Lanka also into Public sector and Corporation services” he added.


Moreover, Minister Ranawaka stated that, “recently the ADB has granted 3 billion US Dollars financial assistance to Sri Lanka Government. Main part of this fund will be utilized for SME sector. I hope that the AAT Sri Lanka should be given a material financial assistant to developing special programs for SME.”


He also mentioned that, “the government intends to introduce a scholarship scheme to encourage students studying accounting courses such as AAT.”


“The government also supports creation of legal provision conducive to proper accounting and management of small and medium sized enterprises and establishment of a Small and Medium Size Enterprise Development Authority” he stated further.


Concluding his address, Minister congratulated and wished the new President Mr. J M U B Jayasekera and the Members of the Governing Council to continue their good work in order to lift the quality of life in Sri Lanka.


Mr. J.M.U.B. Jayasekera was the Vice President of AAT Sri Lanka prior to his elevation as the President of the association. He has been the secretary to the Governing Council of AAT Sri Lanka during the years 2008 to 2011. He has served the AAT council nearly 20 years from the inception. During this period he has served committees such as Finance & Administration Committee, Curriculum Development Committee and Best Annual Reports & Accounts Awards Committee.


During his address, Mr. Jayasekera highlighted about his Way Forward 2016/17 which was submitted by him to the new council and was approved. The Way Forward 2016/17 includes how the Association should be driven during this couple of years and Mr. Jayasekera explained them briefly to the gathering.


He mentioned that, currently AAT is enjoying the associate membership of International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and it is expected to gain the full membership during the term while continuing the full membership of Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA). The association is also working towards obtaining the membership of South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA) as well.


Another significant fact is that it is expected to complete the Incorporation of the Association by a Parliament Act. Special attention will also be rendered for Member and Student development and welfare. The new president also mentioned the necessity of maintaining the links with AAT UK.


Mr. Jayasekera was involved with AAT Sri Lanka which has played a proactive role in strengthening the middle level segment of the Accounting profession in Sri Lanka, and during the past 28 years. AAT Sri Lanka has been a benchmark of excellence in the professional education sector, training and qualifying its members and students to be outstanding winners who are knowledgeable, capable and transparent in all that they do.


At present, with over 35,000 registered students and 4,500 professional members, AAT Sri Lanka has become one of the leading educational bodies in the region that has consistently produced a large number of accounting professionals, much needed to a growing economy.



Ceremonial Induction of the 9th President of AAT Sri Lanka
Lighting of the oil lamp


Ceremonial Induction of the 9th President of AAT Sri Lanka
Guest of Honour Mr. Lasantha Wickramasinghe, President – CA Sri Lanka


Ceremonial Induction of the 9th President of AAT Sri Lanka
Chief Guest Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development


Ceremonial Induction of the 9th President of AAT Sri Lanka
AAT Sri Lanka President – J.M.U.B.Jayasekera


Ceremonial Induction of the 9th President of AAT Sri Lanka


Ceremonial Induction of the 9th President of AAT Sri Lanka


Ceremonial Induction of the 9th President of AAT Sri Lanka


අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යාංශය හා ගණකාධිකාරී ශිල්පීය ආයතනය වාර්ෂිකව පවත්වනු ලබන හොඳම වාර්ෂික වාර්තාව හා මුල්‍ය ප්‍රකාශන තරගාවලිය - 2016 PDF Print E-mail

AAT Business School – Leverage On Location (Regionalization) PDF Print E-mail



AAT Business School, the higher education arm of AAT Sri Lanka and the Sabaragamuwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry signed a MOU on 26th July 2016 initiating a partnership to deliver AAT Business School courses in the Ratnapura District for the benefit of AAT members, Passed Finalists and those in the SME sector in the District. The MOU was signed by Mr. J.M.U.B Jayasekara - President, AAT Sri Lanka and Mr. C.J Gunaseela, Director/Executive Advisor - Business School, Sabaragamuwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


The event signifies a stepping stone to link AAT Business School with the regional SME sector and other industries to promote multidisciplinary and innovative competencies of entrepreneurs and their employees for a competitive business environment. This understanding therefore will be a very good opportunity for the business community, school leavers, employees and professionals in the Ratnapura area to pursue their higher studies from their native place itself. Mr. J.M.U.B Jayasekara highlighted that a number of unique programmes aimed at developing skills particularly in Management, Information Technology and Communication, have been introduced and successfully carried out over the years in Colombo attracting Government, Private and other corporate sectors. Therefore the time is right to regionalize them for the benefit of those residing outside Colombo. Further Mr. CJ Gunaseela pointed out that the recognition and certification for these programmes are equally important for those in the Ratnapura District to ensure the knowledge gained and skills developed through these programmes.


The Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka was established in 1987, on the initiative of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka with the primary objective of producing Accounting Technicians for the private and public sectors. During the last three decades it has acquired a reputation as the undisputed leader for producing quality accounting technicians to the nation. Today AAT Sri Lanka is proud to be strong with a membership of over 4,000, Passed Finalists numbering about 30,000 and an active student population of over 34,000 considered as the highest for any Professional Institute in Sri Lanka. Within a short span, AAT Sri Lanka has gained international recognition and obtained a full membership of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA) and associate membership of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).


AAT Business School is the “Higher Education Centre” of AAT Sri Lanka that focuses on executive development of participants enabling them to become aspiring leaders committed towards enhancing competencies and confer recognition to those seeking individual development. Due to the rising demand and dynamic technological advancement. AAT Business School has spearheaded into venturing on various other courses and workshops to cater to the emerging needs of organizations and corporates.


The Sabaragamuwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) as the major private sector organization in the district is geared to play the main role in the business development support services. With the active support, guidance and cooperation of the local government bodies, the SCCI is carrying out all types of entrepreneur development services for the benefit of private sector (SME) development in the Ratnapura District. In 2002, SCCI started Technical & Management related training programmes under the Sabaragamuwa Business School.


The courses of Business School available at the Chamber Business School Ratnapura are:-

  1. 1  Microsoft Office Applications and Computerized Accounting
  2. 2  Management Development Program (MDP)
  3. 3  TAX Courses
  4. 4  Effective English Communication
  5. 5  Higher Diploma in Accounting and Finance (HDAF)


Having laid the groundwork for the initiation of a Higher Diploma in Accounting and Finance, the AAT Business School is keen on identifying the professional aspirations of our students and is now embarking on its journey towards professional excellence.


AAT Business School – Leverage On Location (Regionalization)


From left to right , Mr. Ranjan Senadheera (Manager- AAT Business School ) Ms. Siyamala Sumanthiran (Director- AAT Business School) Mr. Tishanga Kumarasinghe ( Chief Executive Officer – AAT Sri Lanka) Mr. Indraka Liyanage ( Secretary/Council Member-AAT Sri Lanka) Mr. Lalith Fernando (Chairman AAT Business School/Immediate Past President - AAT Sri Lanka) Mr. J.M.U.B Jayasekara (President – AAT Sri Lanka) Mr. CJ Gunaseela (Executive Director and Advisor - Sabaragamuwa Chamber Business School) Mr. Shantha Lal (President - Sabaragamuwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry) Mr. Kushantha ( Vice President - Sabaragamuwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry) Mr. Patric Fernando ( Consultant Sabaragamuwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry)





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